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Vadim Neselovskyi, Professor of Jazz Piano, Berklee College of Music: “Every pianist has to deal with a very complex left-hand part at some point. This is the essential pianistic experience – to split your brain into two halves and execute two very different tasks at the same time.” – (Down Beat September 2017).

Roscoe Mitchell: “To me, improvisation is trying to improve your skills so you can make these on-point compositional decisions. That takes practice.” – (Down Beat September 2017)

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Today Saturday September 23

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day two of three.
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Evening
Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Rockafellas - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Tobie Carpenter Organ Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £10.
Thin Man + Jon Gordon - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. Free.
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Nikki Iles & Stan Sulzmann - Great Hall, Hexham Abbey, Hexham NE46 3NB. 10pm. £10/£8.
Pat McMahon Trio - Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. 01434 605537. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Old Hat Jazz Band

(Review by Russell)
A few short years ago a young guitarist turned up at the Chillingham, Newcastle looking to sit in at Dave Weisser’s now legendary jazz workshop (See photo circa 2008 – Ed.). Quiet, perhaps shy, possibly a sixth form student, ‘James’ (the surname then unknown, guardedly unknown) got up and joined the house band. Trumpeter Weisser and long-time associate Barry Ascroft (piano) welcome all-comers and ‘James’ took his chance, reading the charts, taking a solo, a new face on the scene. Some time later James went to London, end of story. Not quite…
The shy young man from the Tyne Valley recently returned to the region as a member of the band Glasshopper to play a gig at the Bridge Hotel. Last week James Kitchman – yes, the same ‘James’ first heard at the Chillingham – played a gig at this year’s BBC Proms! Tuesday evening’s BBC Proms Extra Lates programme strand (BBC Radio 3, 10:00pm) was recorded on 28th July in the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall featuring jazz and poetry. 
The Old Hat Jazz Band – young musicians playing ‘old hat’ jazz – includes in its ranks one James Kitchman. The band, a quintet, played all-original material inspired by a love of 1920s jazz. Their set was interspersed with readings by Kim Moore from her new collection of poetry. Until recently Moore supported her writing by working in schools as a peripatetic brass instrument teacher.
The programme of three-quarters of an hour duration was a delight from start to finish. It is available on BBC iPlayer for the next three weeks or so. Highly recommended.
Note to the aspiring musician: sitting-in at Dave Weisser’s Take it to the Bridge session – weekly, Wednesdays, now at Jazz Co-op HQ, the Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle – is a good career move!
Russell
Old Hat Jazz Band: Elizabeth Excell (drums), Mike Soper (trumpet), William Scott (clarinet), James Kitchman (guitar) & Louis Thomas (bass)

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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